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17 Best Crime Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most true list of best Crime books.

Our process:
1. Search for "best Crime books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 2

    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote

    Appears in 3 articles
  2. 4
    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 6
    Appears in 2 articles
  4. 7
    Appears in 2 articles
  5. 8
    Appears in 2 articles
  6. 10

    Strangers on a Train

    Patricia Highsmith

    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 13

    My Dark Places

    James Ellroy

    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    15
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 16
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 17

    Columbine

    Dave Cullen

    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best Crime books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 17 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Crime books on the internet.

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